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CC Cares prepares for community Thanksgiving dinner

By Travis Fischer,

A Charles City community group is making sure that everybody who wants one will have a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy this Thursday as preparations are underway on this year’s Community Thanksgiving Meal at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

A regular feature in Charles City for nearly 30 years now, the annual Thanksgiving meal is today put on by CC Cares, a local volunteer group that helps with several community events in the city.

Funded by donations and fundraisers throughout the year, starting with the freewill donations from last year’s meal, the Thanksgiving meal is free for anyone in the community in need of a place to go for dinner.

“It’s just a great time for fellowship for people who don’t get out,” said CC Cares President Kim Watkins.

Getting everything ready takes about 35 volunteers and two days of preparation. This year the group has 16 25-pound turkeys to cook, along with 380 pounds of ham and countless packages of instant potatoes ahead of the feast. The full meal also includes stuffing, green beans, and a dessert.

“I’m very grateful for those volunteers,” said Watkins, who expects to serve about 500 people for the event.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Charles City residents are invited to sit-in with their neighbors at St. John’s, but those that would prefer to have dinner at home can arrange for up to five dinners per household for carryout or delivery at no charge.

Deliveries and take outs are available by calling 641-220-6241.

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